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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card, Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

It’s here! As promised during April’s slew of program announcements, the first credit card product of the Marriott/SPG merger is now available for new sign-ups.

Chase’s brand-new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is similar to its predecessor, but now carries a $95 annual fee, up from $85. In exchange, you’ll receive the following benefits.

  • Annual free night award (up to 35,000 points) after card renewal
  • Automatic Silver elite status
  • Earn Gold status after spending $35,000 (beginning in 2019)
  • 15 elite night credits beginning in 2019 (limited to once per member, not once per card)
  • Free in-room premium Wi-Fi (beginning in August)

The new card also offers a higher earning rate, jumping from 5x to 6x for Marriott and SPG hotel purchases, and from 1x to 2x for everything else.

Perhaps most notable is the mega sign-up bonus, though — for the time being, you can earn 100,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. That amounts to a whopping $900 value based on TPG’s valuations, which is pretty much unbeatable for a $95-fee card.

Note the following sign-up restriction, as per Chase:

The product is not available to either current cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card, or previous cardmembers of the Marriott Rewards Premier or Marriott Rewards Premier Plus credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 24 months.

Current cardholders should be able to upgrade to the new version now, and may be eligible for upgrade incentives, such as bonus Marriott Rewards points. I was targeted for 20,000 bonus points after my first purchase, for example. The business version of the card is considered to be a separate product entirely, so you may eligible for the new bonus if you don’t also have the consumer card.

Current SPG cardholders may be eligible to sign up for a new Chase account, too — for now, you can have this new Marriott Rewards card in addition to the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express, and if you don’t have the Amex cards, you can earn both welcome bonuses there in addition to the 100,000-point offer from Chase.

Here’s a breakdown of earnings with the new Chase card, along with Amex’s current and future offerings:

Card Annual Fee Marriott Earn Bonus Cat Earn Everyday Earn
Marriott Rewards Premier Plus $95 6x N/A 2x
SPG Luxury Credit Card (Amex) $450 (See Rates & Fees) 6x 3x* 2x
SPG Consumer Credit Card $95 (See Rates & Fees) 6x N/A 2x
SPG Business Credit Card $95 (See Rates & Fees) 6x 4x** 2x
* Purchases at US restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
** Purchases at US restaurants, US gas stations, US wireless phone services and US shipping

This table helps illustrate the differences between the old card and its replacement — you’re clearly getting a lot in exchange for that $10 boost in annual fee:

Bottom Line

Overall, there’s no question that the new Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card is a compelling addition to Marriott’s card portfolio. While I don’t expect it to last, the current sign-up bonus of 100,000 points after spending $5,000 in the first three months is a fantastic incentive as well — I’m recommending this card to my friends and family members who are eligible for the sign-up bonus, and if you can benefit from having a boost to your Marriott Rewards balance, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up, too.

Feature image courtesy of the JW Marriott Houston. 

For rates and fees of the SPG Luxury Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the SPG Amex Card, please click here.
For rates and fees of the SPG Amex Business Card, please click here.

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